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Happy Queens Day

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The day of drunkeness is upon us! Yes, the day when all of Amsterdam gets about 10x more packed than a Thanksgiving parade in NYC is here! We met with our host Hans who is very laid back and cool, in addition to another guest who is staying for a couple of days, Ling, from China. His apartment had some wildly scary stairs that made us feel as if we were going to fall at any moment.

The entire city turned into a huge party as well as garage sale. Unfortunately the city's sanitation workers decided to strike today as well. Everyone dug out mostly random items from their attic and basement and hauled it onto the sidewalks, as far as the eyes could see! There were also plenty of youngins' starting the festivities with Heineken at 11AM. Walter found an interesting wood carving and Michelle spotted an elderly couple selling an item that ought not to be sold...especially used. We saw entertainment such as live bands, young kids doing Michael Jackson impersonations, lindy hop/swing dancing performance, DJs, and European techno dancing that we never knew existed.

The night ended early for us, as we will be up early to catch a 9AM bus tomorrow to Paris. Ling is also going to Paris by bus but unfortunately she has a later bus than us. We explored nearby Hans' apartment and had dinner at an adorable looking Thai place. All was swell until Michelle spotted an unrecognizable hair in her dish. We felt a bit better when they took the drinks off the bill, because it was very unappetizing after that point. We continued the lucky streak at 11PM at a bar across from our host's apartment. It's so close, why not? we thought. Our amazing host left out the tidbit of info to avoid this bar at all cost. We entered to find a grandma serving only Heineken despite the different beers on display (Heineken is Netherlands' domestic/like our Budweiser). Michelle got a very funny look at laughter from a loud couple next to us when she ordered rum and coke. Grandma poured nearly a half glass of rum and gave her a bottle of coke. Class. The couple made odd comments and continued to laugh at us while we quietly sipped our drinks and wondered where the nice people of the Netherlands were. We left after two drinks and discovered that our choice bar is never visited by our host because, as he said, "that's the bar with this area's alcoholics, they start drinking around 12PM." Oops.

No fun with or without luggage
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Old school door knobs everywhere
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hot coffee in glasses..handle please!
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Posted by Eighteyes 17:24 Archived in Netherlands Tagged backpacking

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